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Hy-Vee to install drug take-back receptacles at pharmacies, limit opioid prescriptions


Hy-Vee Inc. announced it has purchased and will install drug take-back receptacles in all 276 of its pharmacy locations in its eight-state region by Nov. 7. “Installing drug take back receptacles in all of our pharmacies is one more step Hy-Vee is taking toward combating the opioid epidemic,” said Kristin Williams, senior vice president and chief health officer at the West Des Moines-based grocery chain. Additionally, effective today, all Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations will limit the initial quantity of opioids prescribed for treatment of acute pain to seven days – or fewer days where state law or a third-party payor requires. The new seven-day limit does not apply to chronic pain; pain being treated as a part of cancer care, hospice or other end-of-life care; pain being treated as part of palliative care practices; or medications used to treat opioid addiction. 

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